magnificent nature, kind people, picturesque houses, whales, musk, etc.
The outskirts of Earth.
The museum offers free admission during the winter months - it has a good permanent collection, and has a range of buildings to visit in it's complex.There are visiting exhibitions and of course the permanent collection - including some mummified remains of the indigenous people of Greenland.more
What can I say about this? It is not so much a thing to do - more a thing to walk past and glance at on your way to the bank or post office.The red post with an old lantern at it's top is a site to be seen all the guide books say! During the 19th century the Moravian Missionary Samuel Kleinschmidt made a daily journey from his home to his mission...more
The Church of our Savior (Vor Frelser Kirke) is the cathedral of Greenland. It was build 1849.Up until 1993 the cathedral of Greenland was the same as that of Copenhagen, however under legal statute Vor Frelse Kirke became cathedral of Greenland. The first bishop was Kristian Mørk (1994) but 1995 Sofie Petersen became bishop at the age of 39. She...more
This seems to be the only private museum of art and handicrafts in Greenland.The Kunstmuseum is home to a unique collection of paintings, watercolors, drawings, graphics, characters in soapstone, ivory, and wood. The collection has been brought together by the entrepreniør, Sven Junge, over the last 45 years.A comprehensive collection of paintings...more
This was en excellent thing to do, and it was also my first flight in a helicopter. On our outwards journey, I was sitting in one of the back seats - however, on the inwards flight I was sitting in the passenger seat next to the pilot.It was an excellent experience - however the one unforeseen event was that the snow was very soft. This meant that...more
I was in Nuuk on the 'night' of July 9th/10th. The sun set at 11:38pm and rose at 3:25am.In most parts of the world it's more dark than light half an hour after sunset.However, in Nuuk in the middle of the night, 1:30am, it was still closer to daylight than dark. Streets had streetlights: ridiculous, if they were left off on summer nights it...more
I came across Barista quite unexpectedly. I was rather surprised at how busy it was with families and young people. I was looking forward to my coffee and pastry. However the sad point to note was that if you are in the cafe area, you get crockery cups and plates - if you use the internet area, you get paper cups and plates.The internet area has a...more
If you travel from outside of Greenland, I suspect that you may well have to travel via Kangerlussuaq. That is the international hub for Air Greenland. The flight is fairly short,enough for a coffee and a cookie or two.
The helicopter service is also operated by Air Greenland from Nuuk.
Brugsen is in fact the Cooperative Society. As with many other shops, this store has everything you need. It is a combination of bakery, clothes store, supermarket, music store, toy store and well everything else you need. The store has two floors, the food outlet is on the ground floor and the all the other services are on the second...more
Boozing seems to be the main local custom. Walking from the waterfront on a TUESDAY morning to the main shopping area, I went past numerous houses where there were about a dozen people outside each of them all boozing. Returning in the afternoon, the same people were outside the same houses STILL AT IT! ...People also sat on benches & sat on the ground boozing and they swigged beer/lager from bottles as they walk down the street.
Most of the boozers were Inuit (the majority of Nuuk's population), but the Danish minority could also be seen partaking.
Nuuk is a very photogenic place on the dry, sunny July day I visited. I was a bit wary of taking pictures in areas where there were groups of people boozing together, but, despite this uncouth habit, the Inuit and other locals seem peaceful and non-aggressive. There was none of the squaring up to tourists with a "What are you doing in our area?" attitude that you'd get from gangs of people in Britain, America, West Indies, etc..
I visited Nuuk on a cruise ship, the courtesy bus dropped us off on the waterfront, where the only shops are selling souvenirs.The 'real' shops are on Imaneq, between the waterfront and the container port. I went into NOTA-BENE, an electrical, photographic and computer retailer.Delighted to find a shop selling camera film I ended up with some Fuji...more
Kangerlussuaq is primary an airport and an airporthotel and not a typical greenland village. It´s a closed american airbase. It´s here you arrive, when you for example are going to Nuuk. You won´t meet many grenlanders here, so if you are planning a trip to Greenland, don´t stay in Kangerlussuaq for more than necessary. Some travelagents are...more
The mission was built in 1747 to house the headquarters of the Greenland Moravian Mission, sent by command of King Christian IV. They were sent to assist Hans Egede. It seems that this did not work, so the Moravians, left the mission and set up their own mission on the distant side of the peninsula.The building has been many things over the years,...more
I am sure that as i was visiting in the late winter months - I did not see the gardens at their best. They were snow filled and there was nothing of a garden to speak about - the summer may bring a different picture. Around this area, there was a great number of memorials to commemorate people and events.more
The post office is an important facility, no matter which town, city or country you are visiting. In Nuuk, the post office is busy and has it's own unique opening times.Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10.00 - 15.00Thursday 10.00 - 17.00Saturday 10.00 - 13.00Outside of these hours there is a self service area and equipment.more